Houston's sales tax revenue was flat in the first quarter of the year.

Merchants in Houston reported nearly identical retail transactions in the first quarter of 2012, compared to the same period a year ago, reports the Missouri Department of Revenue.

The total from a one-cent sales tax totaled $58,157 in March, which was down $248 from the same period a year ago. For the first quarter of the year, $163,730 was collected. That’s nearly identical from last year — up $460.

Retailers also collect two quarter-cent sales taxes for streets, sidewalks and utility work and one eighth-cent sales tax earmarked for debt repayment on a fire truck.

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